Nyko has officially released an external hard drive enclosure for the Xbox One that allows owners of Microsoft's console to hook up 2.5” or 3.5” hard drives to the Nyko Data Bank. This means that if you have a spare laptop hard drive or spare desktop hard drive with some extra gigabytes (or terabytes) on it, you can hook it up to the Nyko Data Bank and use it as an external storage device for the Xbox One.
Game Informer did a write-up about the newly released peripheral that gives Xbox One owners a cleaner looking way to keep their external storage safely enclosed when in use for the Xbox One. If you're having a hard time understanding how the Nyko Data Bank works, they released a demonstration video on YouTube that you can check out below.
According to the press release, Chris Arbogast, Nyko's head of sales and marketing mentioned that this is the perfect accessory for anyone who purchases a new game every month and for those who don't want to have to start “deleting old games or upgrade storage within the first couple of years” after they get their hands on Microsoft's console.
It's actually quite true what Arbogast mentions; anyone who buys a standard vanilla Xbox One or PS4 will only have 500GB to worth with. Back in 2013, when both the Xbox One and the PS4 released, a lot of people had found that just barely two dozen games would completely fill up the entire drives depending on how big they were. Games like GTA V and The Witcher 3 proved that AAA games were going to take up inordinate amounts of space, especially when considering how big the DLC had become.
Blowing through 500GB of the standard hard drives included with both the Xbox One and PS4 is pretty easy. Heck, just downloading free game demos like Thief or Forza Horizon will burn up space quick. Participating in betas like Titanfall, Rainbow Six: Siege or The Division will also easily zap data quick, that's not to mention that saved games, live-streaming recordings and clips also take up quite a bit of space.
After two years of being on the market most hardcore gamers have enough titles in their library to know that they will need extra storage devices due to the mandatory installs of all games for the eighth-generation of gaming. They do not play off the Blu-ray disc, they only install from them.
The Nyko Data Banks have turned out to be quite popular due to the fact that if you decide to purchase an external hard drive instead of going through the process of replacing the internal drives of the PS4 or Xbox One, it looks quite junky having portable drives hanging out from the top of your system. The Data Bank allows gamers to easily fit a 2.5” or 3.5” hard drive into the bank after the Data Bank is hooked up via USB to the back of the Xbox One. A separate (but included) power cable is included that must be plugged into the wall to power the device.
The Data Bank will give your system an aesthetically pleasing look for your external hard drive. The Data Bank from Nyko is available for both the PS4 and Xbox One at $39.99 over on their official website.